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Monday, January 27, 2020

Top Girls Seed Jacquemot Beaten at Australian Open; Les Petits As Underway; Paraguay Grade 1 Draws Few Americans; Banerjee Claims Grade 4 Title

The five American juniors remaining at the Australian Open are back on the court Tuesday (tonight in the US) for their second round matches, which tournament organizers split between Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, top seed Elsa Jacquemot of France went out, to Alexandra Vecic of Germany, by a score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Jacquemot was one of three girls seeds to lose in the second round, with No. 6 seed Maria Bondarenko of Russia and No. 10 seed Melodie Collard of Canada also eliminated.

Boys No. 3 seed Shunsuke Mitsui of Japan, who has nearly twice as many points from doubles as singles (only 25% of doubles points are used for rankings however), lost to Martin Krumich of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2. Mitsui was one of four seeds ousted in the second round, with No. 8 Khololwam Montsi of South Africa, No. 14 Hanwen Li of China and No. 16 seed Terence Atmane of France joining him on the sidelines.

In doubles, Savannah Broadus and Ellie Coleman have advanced to the second round, as has Dali Blanch, who is playing with Alexander Hoogmartens of Belgium. No. 2 seeds Robin Montgomery and Polina Kudermetova of Russia lost their first round match.

Tuesday’s second round junior singles matches featuring Americans:
Aidan Mayo v Harold Mayot[1](FRA)
Martin Damm[2] v Hamad Medjedovic(SRB)
Alex Bernard[Q] v Corban Crowther[Q](NZL)
Robin Montgomery[2] v Pia Lovric(SLO)
Ellie Coleman v Weronika Baszak(POL)

Junior matches have been streaming, although occasionally without any audio, via ESPN Plus.

Coco Gauff and Caty McNally have advanced to the quarterfinals in women's doubles, as have Jennifer Brady(UCLA) and Caroline Dolehide.

In Tuesday's singles quarterfinals featuring Americans, No. 14 seed Sofia Kenin plays unseeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee) faces No. 3 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Les Petits As, the prestigious 14-and-under tournament in Tarbes France began today, with eight Americans competing for titles. Atakan Karahan of Turkey is the No. 1 boys seed and Nikola Bartunkova of the Czech Republic is the No. 1 girls seed.

Clervie Ngounoue, who did not play the Bolton tournament last week, is the No. 5 seed this week in Tarbes, and she won her first round match today, as did Brooklyn Olson. Lexington Reed and Maya Joint are on Tuesday's schedule. Bolton champion Alexander Razeghi, the No. 5 seed, won his first round match today, as did Kaylan Bigun. Mitchell Lee and Bolton finalist Nikita Filin, the No. 13 seed, play their opening round matches Tuesday.  Live scoring is available at Tennis Ticker.

Last week's titles at the ITF Grade 1 in Ecuador went to No. 3 seed Julia Garcia of Mexico and No. 14 seed Luciano Darderi of Italy. Garcia defeated Colombia Grade 1 champion Dana Guzman of Peru, the No. 5 seed, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5) in the final, while Darderi took out No. 5 seed Alex Barrena of Argentina 6-4, 6-3. It's the first Grade 1 title for both the 16-year-old Garcia and the 17-year-old Darderi.

This week's South American ITF Grade 1 is in Paraguay, with just one American boy, No. 9 seed Bruno Kuzuhara, and four American girls, No. 2 seed Madison Sieg, No. 5 seed Isabelle Kouzmanov, No. 13 seed Rebecca Lynn and qualifier Krystal Blanch, in the draw. The seeds all had first round byes, but Blanch did advance to the second round with a win today. Guzman is the top girls seed; Martin Breysach of France, who like Guzman is the Colombian Grade 1 champion, is the No. 1 seed in the boys draw.

Sixteen-year-old Samir Banerjee captured his second ITF junior singles title last week at the ITF Grade 4 in Kenya. The No. 5 seed, Banerjee came back to defeat No. 6 seed Maximilian Homberg of Germany 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.